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Advice for Starting Over
Old 11-19-2012, 12:34 PM   #1
Advice for Starting Over

I just lost all of my fish, so I am planning to breakdown my tank and start over. However, I'm feeling a little gun shy (fish dying makes me sad ), so I was hoping to get advice to make sure I start things off on the right foot.

I want to clean everything thoroughly because I think that some type of disease killed my previous fish. I know not to use soap, but I read that you can use bleach to clean the tank. Has anyone done this? Does it seem to work?

I'm planning to do a fishless cycle using fish food (no convenient source of pure ammonia). I do have a one gallon tank with a very healthy beta. Would it make sense to steal some rocks/filter material from the small tank to seed the larger one? Also, does anyone have an idea how long it would take to cycle in this case?
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your fish loss :( You can clean the tank with a bleach solution but be sure to rinse it A LOT and then rinse again with dechlorinated water that you've conditioned.

What size tank are you talking about?
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:06 PM   #3
Sorry to hear also.

I would do a "beaslbob" build which is a low tech planted tank.

But what you would expect from a beaslbob. LOL

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Old 11-20-2012, 06:29 PM   #4
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As mentioned, you can use a bleach solution to clean but only use it on the tank, filter tubes and heater; rinse very, very well, and then allow to fully air dry.

Do not use bleach on porous things like the gravel/sand, filter media, rock or wood. Discard all of these and use new.

If live plants are possible/intended, I would use these to "cycle" and forget the ammonia. Much easier and safer and instant.

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